Close-up photography is used in a variety of areas such as nature, medical and forensic, instruction and training, archiving, and the arts. The first part of the book is dedicated to the technical side of closeup work, including the equipment required, how to meter in close-up work, special problems, magnification and methods of achieving it, lighting, and electronic flash. The second part is the practical side of close-up work with an introduction to elementary composition, photographing mechanical subjects, crystals under polarized light, and nature photography. Heavily illustrated with diagrams, tables and color throughout, Close-up Photography also includes mathematical formulas that have been simplified and explained with examples.
Many photography books have some information about close-up work, but usually the subject is not treated in-depth and the variety of problems likely to come up when the photographer begins magnifying are not addressed.
Most often, other books seem to deal with the use of a macro lens and ignore or gloss over other methods.
This book weeds out the misinformation and the over-complication of technique to give the reader a real understanding of the field.
Alan Constant has been involved in photography for over thirty years, specifically close-up and nature photography for more than 10 years, and has taught workshops and courses on the subject.